posted on June 02, 2014 16:26
A settlement is reached in the class action suit against the City of Batavia School District alleging Title IX violations, according to the Empire Justice Center in Rochester.
The organization represented three families of softball players in the district who brought the suit in April 2013 based on alleged inadequate softball facilities, particularly in comparison to the boys baseball team which competes at Dwyer Stadium. The plaintiffs said that violated Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex.
The lawyers had very recently been working out the final pieces and the district learned of the completion Monday.
“The district always was interested in doing the right thing as far as repairing the softball field which was in our Capital Project that was approved by the board prior to the lawsuit,” Superintendent Chris Dailey told WBTA. “We’re glad that we’re reaching this settlement in order to avoid spending unnecessary money on lawyers’ fees going forward. We’re happy that it’s been settled and we’re currently about to start construction on the softball field that was part of our capital project.”
The settlement – and that capital project -- includes a new softball field with permanent dugouts, good drainage, outfield fencing, a scoreboard and other amenities. It's expected to be completed in time for the 2015 spring season.
After hearing that the District had agreed to the settlement, plaintiffs – and players -- Elizabeth and Rebecca Myers said via The Empire Justice Center: “We are proud and thankful that the Batavia City School District has recognized the importance of female athletics and the need for equal treatment. We look forward to a bright future for Batavia girls’ softball, as players will now be able to enjoy and be proud of the fields that they will be playing on.”
Here is more about the lawsuit from when it was filed: http://wbtai.com/LocalNews/tabid/115/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/3692/Examining-Title-IX-and-its-Affect-on-the-BCSD-Lawsuit.aspx